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Burn victim is critical

A COUPLE who were among three people who set fire to themselves in a car in central Beijing on Wednesday were still under medical observation in a hospital yesterday, a hospital official said.

The man, aged 59, was in a dangerous condition, said Liang Xueya from the Beijing Jishuitan Hospital. The man had swelling to his throat and head and a severely injured respiratory tract. The wife, aged 58, was in a stable condition. They were both conscious, said Liang on Wednesday. The hospital is monitoring the man's situation and has made preparations for any emergency.

The two were among three people who set fire to themselves inside a car at the southern end of Wangfujing Street on Wednesday afternoon, at its junction with Chang'an Avenue, less than 2 kilometers east of Tiananmen Square.

The Beijing government information office said "the three people came to Beijing for personal petitions."

The office mentioned nothing about the condition of the third person during a statement.


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